The Certificate in Christian Counseling program focuses on the development of ethical decision-making skills that align with the Christian faith, on top of establishing a strong foundation in counseling principles, skills, and techniques. Whether you are on the mission field, work at a para-church, or are a pastoral staff member, all counselors are likely to face ethical dilemmas in their professions. This certificate program, taught by faculty who are not only highly trained in mental health counseling but also deeply committed to their faith, will enable you to integrate your passion for faithfully serving Christ into the therapeutic process.
Location: The Certificate program courses can be completed on our Deerfield campus. Some courses may be offered synchronously.
Licensure: This certificate program does not qualify you to take the CACREP exam for licensure as professional counselor. If you are looking for a CACREP accredited program consider our MA in Mental Health Counseling. If you are not sure at this time, not to worry, this certificate program will allow you to transfer credits
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Additionally to the general admission requirements, Applicants to the Certificate in Christian Counseling generally possess the following:
- Formal, non-formal or informal preparation for theological study at the seminary graduate level (theological education in a church or parachurch environment)
- Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the Counseling Department (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking)
- If an applicant does not have an earned bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with the minimum GPA, intensive or extensive life experience with counseling, spiritual formation, or human service work in the church, parachurch other Christian organization, or in the recovery arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
- CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training
- CO 6130 Group Counseling
- ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation
Suggested curricular courses include but are not limited to:
- CO 5310 Counseling Strategies: Theory, Treatment, and Technique
- CO 6110 Career Counseling
- CO 6120 Addiction Counseling
- CO 6000 Current Studies in Counseling
Combining unrivaled academic rigor with a wholehearted commitment to gospel fidelity and an abundance of flexible options, TEDS offers a theological education that equips you to serve Christ with wisdom and grace, in truth and love.